On my mind are the fragrances that used to converge and which increased their volume of scent as Christmas approached.

They included the hunger pang-generating aroma from the cooking chapatis, and the pungent smoke odour from the paraffin jikos which were brought back to use after resting for a whole year since the last Christmas.

This thought has been provoked by the book entitled, “Song of Lawino” by Okot p’Bitek, when the speaker says:

“When the beautiful one, with whom I share my husband, returns from cooking her hair, she resembles a chicken.”

Over and above that part of sharing the husband, my mind notes the irony that the so called beautiful one is equated to a chicken. It remembers, by the way that “Irony” is a form of literally style, just like Satire, Metaphor, Simile, and Metonymy; but that’s a story for another day. Continue Reading "Fragrances Of Christmas"

Wearing masks come with several other advantages besides acting as a physical barrier to protect from potentially harmful germs, chemicals and dust that float around in the air;

As a start, those of us who have ugly, scarecrow faces are wallowing in the luxury of the mask; we are now excelling when people confuse us with the handsome likes of Diamond Platnumz, Denzel Washington, Eddie Murphy and Will Smith.

Secondly, the probability increases of attracting Continue Reading "Advantages Of Wearing A Mask"

Great, amazing and wonderful things are hidden in plain sight, right in front of my widely open eyes; God’s blessings which I take for granted and never remember to say, ‘Thank You Papa’;

I look, but don’t see the good friends, family, colleagues and neighbours who’ve always had my back and added days into my life. For these angels, I thank You God.

I see, but don’t appreciate the wonderful nature that surrounds me; the green trees, the beautiful blooming flowers, the singing birds, the blue skies, the dark nights, the glowing stars, the moon, the sun, the lakes, the oceans, the mountains. For these great sceneries, I thank You Daddy. Continue Reading "I Thank You Lord, For Everything"

Not too many years ago, we would go to watch movies on a mobile big screen, courtesy of the Kenya Film Corporation and Factual Films Ltd.

It would be a big screen mounted on an open ground where we would congregate in hundreds to watch movies, starting at 7.00pm sharp up to 9.00 pm sharp, and translated into Kiswahili.

These open field Cinema shows were, however, not devoid of sideshows and thrills;

One would be lucky if they did not go back home wearing an awful smell because their faces, or clothes, were smacked with rotten eggs that were thrown all over the place during the course of the film-show. Sometimes the shells of the rotten eggs broke in the pockets, the result being that these egg-missile carriers would have a taste of their own medicine. Continue Reading "The Evolution Of Access To Cinema In Kenyan"

The following was the encounter when I attended a wedding reception ceremony sometime back:

First and foremost, the food was served after an over-extended Church service and the worms were noisily scrambling for any food left-overs in the stomach juices.

Secondly, I was so hungry I could have swallowed a whole rabbit in one gulp.

Thirdly, we were told it was free seating. One could sit under any tent, wherever they wished.

And so almost immediately after I sat, the food was served, starting from those who were in front and nearest to the food-containing sufurias.

The food, however, got finished before it got to my table.

This was followed by a round of sumptuously smelling roast-goat meat. Continue Reading "Tribulations At A Wedding Reception Ceremony"

On my mind is greed, which Mr. Webster defines as, “intense and selfish desire for something, especially wealth, power, or food”.

William Shakespeare contextualizes greed in his pastoral comedy entitled “As You Like It”, through his character Jaques, in the fifth, sixth and seventh ages. Jaques compares all the world to a stage, and life to a play and catalogues the seven ages of a man’s life.

The seven ages are: the helpless infant; the whining schoolboy; the emotional lover; the devoted soldier; the wise judge; the pantalone or the old man who is still in control of his faculties; and the extremely aged, returned to a second state of childishness, just before going to oblivion. Continue Reading "Greed And The Seven Ages Of Man"

When we are counting our blessings, we count only the tangible things that we can see, touch, taste, hear or smell; but we most often have no clue that, simultaneously, God Almighty saved us from ills and calamities which would have befallen us without our knowledge, and for which we should count as blessings too.

Imagine this true-life story of James, not his real name, the father of a two-week-old child who has a condition that required dialysis on a weekly basis. Doctors had indicated that the condition was treatable through some minor surgery but the procedure could only be safely carried out when Continue Reading "Count The Blessings, Seen And Unseen"